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Monday, May 30, 2011

I've put together a 30 day program for myself to follow with what I have. It consists of the (Jillian Michaels) 30 Day Shred plus (BeachBody) P90. My aim is to follow the workout plan, plus any BodyRock workouts that might be posted.

If you're looking at this plan and know a bit about them or have experience and have any ideas of how i could make it better or improve it (or if you see any problems!), please do let me know! =)

This is my first time following anything like this so i didn't want to make it too difficult to follow, therefore didn't include Level 3 of the Shred, or the harder parts of P90. This is then a challenge to progress to them afterwards! -- Here we go~~

DAY ONE: Shred Level 1
DAY TWO: Shred Level 1
DAY THREE: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY FOUR: Shred Level 1
DAY FIVE: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY SIX: P90 Sweat 1-2 & Ab Ripper 1-2
DAY EIGHT: Shred Level 1
DAY NINE: Shred Level 2
DAY TEN: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY ELEVEN: Shred Level 2
DAY TWELVE: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY THIRTEEN: P90 Sweat 1-2 & Ab Ripper 1-2
DAY FIFTEEN: Shred Level 1 & P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY SIXTEEN: Shred Level 2
DAY SEVENTEEN: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY EIGHTEEN: Shred Level 1 & Shred Level 2
DAY NINETEEN: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY TWENTY: P90 Sweat 1-2 & Ab Ripper 1-2
DAY TWENTY-TWO: Shred Level 2 & Shred Level 1
DAY TWENTY-THREE: P90 Sculpt 1-2
DAY TWENTY-FOUR: P90 Sweat 1-2 & Ab Ripper 1-2
DAY TWENTY-FIVE: P90 Sculpt & Shred Level 2
DAY TWENTY-SEVEN: P90 Sculpt 1-2 & Shred Level 1
DAY TWENTY-EIGHT: P90 Sweat 1-2 & Ab Ripper 1-2
DAY TWENTY-NINE: Shred Level 2 & Shred Level 1
DAY THIRTY: P90 Sculpt 1-2
Show results & measurements next day.

Starting Measurements ~
Waist : 31'
Hips: 37'
Bum: 39'
Bust: 38'
Back: 33'
Bicep: 11.75'
Thigh: 20.5'

Starting pictures are a big variety thrown together. I figure i can sort through them when i get to comparing them.

Starting tomorrow (Tuesdaay) - Let's Rock!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 6/1/2011 10:16AM

  Love your gameplan and the look of sheer determination on your face in the second pic. And these are AMAZING starting pics!!

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ESBELL 5/31/2011 12:51PM

    Rock It Steph!

Can't wait for the after pics!

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VYVIENN 5/31/2011 10:08AM

    Heyyyyyy, wait just a minute there, woman! Are you seriously telling me you're consistently kicking my ass bodyrocking, and you think level 3 of the Shred would be TOO HARD???? emoticon emoticon Dude, if you can keep up with Zuze's burpees, you can hang with Jillian and her crew, trust me.

I do have a challenge for you (and me) for some future consideration (as in, not in the near future, because I'll be on vacation during June and July): if and when Jillian's Ripped in 30 comes out in the UK, let's do that one together. I have it, but I'm too scared to get started, haha!!

Love your workout plan, it sounds like great, sweaty work!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 5/31/2011 9:15AM

    Glad you've found something to spur you on - good luck - and we'll miss you in the Bodyrock team - keep in touch and let us know how it's going x

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/31/2011 5:01AM

    Sounds like a good plan, emoticon

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BAZNCAZ 5/31/2011 3:20AM

    "ROCK ON STEPH!!!!!!!!!!!"

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ALESHABEE 5/30/2011 5:32PM

    Looking AWESOME girl...I can't wait to see the progress pics! You're gonna rock it out :-D

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*Sniff Sniff*

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm back up with the clouds. Only problem is this. DH caught a cold at the weekend. I thought i was doing well... until today. Today i caught his cold, lol, so i've been sniffing and sneezing and spluttering and weeping all day. Oh well, i guess i haven't had a cold for a while?

Had much fun with tonight's "550rep" workout. And shaved a whole 8 seconds off my last time hehe!

I do think buying cookies&cream protein powder has been a mega positive because i really wanna workout so i can have a shake afterwards...I have to work for it! So so yum.

Bed soon for me, i should have time to have a little catch up here. Just gonna pour double lemsips with honey for the both of us!

*Edit* ok after a sneezing fit, i need to get myself in bed. I'll catch up with all you wonderful SparkFriends tomorrow! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINNAMONCAT9 5/31/2011 7:26AM

    Get well!!!!! emoticon

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ALESHABEE 5/30/2011 5:31PM

    Woohooo...nice getting that workout in! Feel well hon :-)

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MAYBELLE06 5/27/2011 5:10PM

    Hope you get better soon hun, and your man too:)
Wtg on the 550 rep w/o, as for me I was 3 min slower but I did it after a hard run in the heat...thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it;) LOL!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 5/27/2011 9:03AM

  Feel better Steph!! Get plenty of rest so your body can be fully recovered and be the bodyrock champ that you are.

I hate the 550 rep haha. Great job!

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/27/2011 3:54AM

    emoticon Hope you atre feeling better today!

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LIOCORO 5/27/2011 2:57AM

    Ahh evil colds! Go take some rest, sleep always helps a lot with recovering from those. I wish you well, hope you're feeling better soon!

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NTSOHLTHNT 5/26/2011 5:27PM

    Hope you're feeling better!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 5/26/2011 5:23PM

    Well done for getting through the workout with your cold. Trooper! I skipped my workout today, as i was feeling run down. Get better soon. Being ill sucks!

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-POOKIE- 5/26/2011 3:35PM

    eeeww.... germs! hope you feel brighter soon x

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SOSMEGOD 5/26/2011 3:14PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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Pic & Plan Sharing !

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I'm feeling a lot more positive now, and i am slightly more upbeat so i finally have the energy to share some pics i talked about talking. I'm so sloooww sometimes!

Ok firstly, my crazy Sunday with my Dad's tank, he bought a gun for it, so we attached the gun to the top (it's as well as the turret!) and he was over the moon, it looks way cool -

I got one of the two of us, I'm in the drivers' compartment.

We had to hook up the ridiculously huge trailer that the tank sits on, to the tank transporter - a Diamond T truck. That was hard enough in itself, then placing it so we could get a run up with the tan. This is the truck with the trailer...

I had to stand on the trailer and guide him on board. I could only see the underside of the tank for a few moments.... scary stuff. This was before hand, lining up...

I love this pic i got of it on board, with my Dad half climbing off...

Later on all chained up and parked up.

(The little dog is our family dog Tilly)

I'm in the sharing mood now! I work right next to a canal, where it's lovely right now as it's filled with all new chicks of the Spring!

Um, this weekend i took a picture of our baby in the rain.

Yep - the car is our baby! =P

Ok and to finish i'll post my new Nikes i got. I haven't worn them yet but i just keep peeking at them hehe...


I was a little heavy on the pics. I hope at least somebody found them interesting, lol!

And onto my plan?
I was reading a new Spark friends blog today, (LIOCORO), she just finished a fantastic Slimdown Challenge including a shed load of workouts, and she has done so so well with amazing results! I'm on the lookout for a new challenge... so this kinda sparked a lightbulb up in my brain! I am going to get my dvds together and create a 30 day challenge from the materials i have. I have the Shred and i have P90 what i haven't tried yet. I have my BodyRocking too. So the plan is to create this challenge for myself and start it either Monday or Tuesday. I need something to keep me interested and on my game and i think this might be it!

I had a delicious post-workout shake yesterday, simply with chocolate soya milk and cookies&cream protein powder. It was utterly fantastic but THEN i recorded it in my nutritional and i don't think i can do that very often! It was over 300 calories and i don't think i want something so high in cals as i tend to eat dinner shortly afterwards.

So that's my plan. I'll have to take some starting pics too by next week. I haven't taken any recent ones lately and even though i've been up and down so much, I really feel the BodyRocking has still been helping me get a little leaner and more toned.

This blog is far too huge. I'm done for today! =)

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JAZZID 7/9/2011 10:44PM

    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed them.... emoticon

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SPACELION 5/27/2011 8:33PM

    YOUR DAD HAS A FREAKIN TANK?! Ok, awesome rating has just gone off the chart. God that's just too cool, I wish my family were into such interesting things haha. Oh and I absolutely adore the picture of you riding on it with your little head poking out haha too cute :D

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ESBELL 5/27/2011 5:55PM

    Of course the pics were interesting! I can't believe your dad has his very own tank! I'm sure my dad will want one too LOL

I love the idea of creating a challenge for yourself with stuff you already have.

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/26/2011 8:52AM

    Love the paln and the pics. The tank looks great and I love being near water.

Have fun

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NEWMAC2011 5/25/2011 11:21PM

    When you wrote tank I was think fish tank LOL!

Love your new sneaks! Very jazzy. Setting your own challenge is a great idea. I did a 30 day gym challenge in March & I'm about to finish (in 3 days) the 30 Day Shred DVD & the Spring Challenge on SP. Then I'm taking a short challenge break. I have to say that doing these challenges makes me more inclined to find some sort of exercise to do almost every day. Now it feels strange not to work out!

I'm sure you'll come up with something that will get you going! You can do it! You've already done so much.

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LUCYLU22 5/25/2011 5:45PM

    Wow I have to say that is pretty darn cool that your dad has a tank!! My hubby would totally get a kick out of it, and then he would want one. Ok maybe I better not show him, He'll try to get me to say that it is ok for him to have one!! I totally dig the shoes as well, they rock!! Sounds like a great plan, you may have to give me a list of your favorite DVD's, I really need some new challenges in my own DVD collection. I haven't bought any lately, so I really need some good advice.

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SHENIA-NICOLE 5/25/2011 4:36PM

    Great plan girly!!! but ummmmm your Dad has a tank!!! Wow, how did that come about?

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JOANNA202 5/25/2011 4:29PM

    I didn't actually believe you were talking about a real tank but it's amazing!

I'm going to come and pick your brain in 30 days on which are the best DVDs to get, as you'll be the DVD queen by then (or maybe you already are?!)

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MNGIRLIE 5/25/2011 4:07PM

    Ok wait a minute... because you were totally nonchalant about this... Your dad has a tank?!

Those shoes are soopa cute! Perfect laces.

Also, since you seem to enjoy it so much I've considered giving BodyRock a try sometime soon.

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-POOKIE- 5/25/2011 3:51PM

    Sounds an interesting plan to me!

and your Dad owns a tank?? And I was surprised going outside seeing my Dad had bought a boat!

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LIOCORO 5/25/2011 3:45PM

    That tank just made me go emoticon Wooot!
And yeaaaaaah for creating this plan as I have already told you like 5 times by now :D You're gonna rock it, I'm so sure about that!! (Do those Nikes glow in the dark, they are so colorful emoticon )

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MAYBELLE06 5/25/2011 3:40PM

    Great plan girl emoticon You found your Spark again;)
Love the pics and your blog!

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

I feel really refreshed and rested and ready to start again. See that? I'm ready to start again, lol.

My eating has been pretty awful all weekend, we went to my parents caravan and relaxed and ate lots of yummy food. I felt wonderful though, really. I got some new clothes that were on sale, a really nice Nike vest top, with Nike 3/4 bottoms to match... both size 12s. It felt amazing to just pick 'em up off the rail and buy them, then try them on and them fit nice. It feels great! And kind of a relief as well. I also got some really nice trainers, which wasn't planned either haha. They're really funky and more like a fashion trainer, and i'm so so happy with them as i don't have any nice trainers i can just wear that weren't made specifically for exercising. I did take some pics so i'll share them in my next blog. Along with last Sunday's fun pix!

I weighed myself before, after returning home. I was dreading it. But ya know what? I am DOWN to my pre-Holiday weight! I'm down to 147.75lbs! This is such a shock to me... but the kinda thing i was talking about what my body does sometimes... i have eaten crap for a while and my body hasn't punished me by sucking up the fat and pounds! Wow!

I had Ben & Jerry's Fairly Nuts ice cream for my breakfast this morning.... LOL. There's my confession. ;) So, now i feel ready, I'm resting for the rest of today and then back to tough workouts and clean eating for the new week.

A quick thought too, i was thinking of lowering my target weight. It only takes me a little bit into the 'healthy weight' part of the BMI... i don't know whether to lower it to say 135lbs for my 5'5 height, to be a little 'safer' into the BMI scale? Or i don't know whether that would be possible for me or be too extreme... on the other hand, i'm happy to carry on as i am and just solely aim to be healthy, eat healthy and workout for fun.

Happy Sunday!

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2011 11:45AM

    You are doing terrific! As for BMI, I've been reading some things about percentage of body-fat that make me think it's a much better measure. Only problem is, the 'gold standard' of determining the percentage is (ugh) some kind of watertank. But you still might be able to get a PT or doc or someone to use the calipers and formula to work out an estimate for you - you might not need to worry about BMI at all, if the percentage is good.

IMHO, lol.

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HEEEYBOOBOO 5/23/2011 9:00AM

  I love ice cream so much that I will not judge you. In fact I applaud you LOL. emoticon

Congrats on a pleasantly surprising weigh-in!! Those are always the best. :) Your eating habits must be healthier than you think.

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SULFABABY 5/23/2011 1:36AM

    Nice job :) Can't wait to see the pics.

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/22/2011 2:31PM

    Just settle at a wight that feels good and comfortable and you can maintain. Being happy is far more important than a number on the scale.

Glad you had a good weekend and feel refreshed!

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ADEWYN 5/22/2011 2:14PM

    thats awesome.... Back on track and ready to go.. with new clothes and trainers :) NICE!

As for the BMI thing... just continue on and if it gets there its gets there :) No fretting :)

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CAROLIAN 5/22/2011 1:40PM

    emoticon Have a good week lol carol emoticon

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-POOKIE- 5/22/2011 1:34PM

    A sundae for sunday breakfast huh?? emoticon

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BAZNCAZ 5/22/2011 1:13PM

    I knew that you could do it. LOL. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Super-Fast Blog

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How do i start?

I went AWOL for the weekend. Kind of. I've logged in and tracked but not much else. I had a long hard working weekend... so i've just needed to rest at night... running short on sleep and to be fair i've had some real physical labour days... i say hard work at work, but it really did include a lot of fun. I work for my Dad see, and my Dad's hobby is military vehicles. Whilst i'm working he might pull me off one job to help him out with his stuff. My weekend consisted of playing around with his new tank, lifting heavy stuff onto it, learning to drive it, and then on the Sunday, putting it up on it's trailer for travelling. It's the first time we ever attempted to put it on the trailer, and it's not such a simple task. It took a whole day and it really was a workout lifting all the heavy stabilising chains up high and everything. I was gonna maybe post some pics but i only really use this blog for my lifestyle... so i dunno, lol.

The eating has been pretty good, apart from last night. I had a major pig out. Major. It's ok though. I think. I feel worse to myself for not BodyRocking the past 2 updates. So it's 2 workouts i'm behind. I should be able to catch up for when there is no update and i can fill in. I just have to set my mind to it. Sleep has been more important right now. And lounging around...

I'm sorry to my friends who are supporting me so much, with my back and forth stuff... i am trying to be with you, and then i take a step back...and i'm sorry. I think i need a new challenge. Something new and different to get myself pumped and hungry for it. I need to find it.

Back to work!

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LIOCORO 5/18/2011 4:38AM

    Nothing bad with feeling/being like that from time to time, we all have times like that. As the others suggested, sometimes something new is just right for getting back into the "groove", though everybody has to find his/her own way to enlighten that fitness spark again ;) For me its sometimes trying "old" things and beating my old records there!
If you feel like you need more sleep, take it, since your body seems to need it! Recovery & stuff :D
Good luck with finding your new challenge!

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GODSBABYGAL 5/17/2011 7:27PM

    com'on boo U got this!!! emoticon

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MAYBELLE06 5/17/2011 12:31PM

    Don't be sorry that's what we're here for...you give more than you take anyway:)
Sleep is numero uno girl so catch up. And please post the pics I would love to see that.
Ya sometimes a new goal or challenge are just what you need to kick you into gear. It's ok to take a break and go easy on yourself too though and sometimes thats just what your body and mind need to re-energize.
Luv ya!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 5/17/2011 8:57AM

  You shouldn't apologize for being in and out. That happens to everyone. We all have family, friends, jobs... y'know lives outside of SP. Taking the energy to focus on our fitness & health goals is hard enough as is. So don't feel guilty!

But your sweet comments and encouraging words are always welcome!

And don't forget that this is a lifelong commitment to your health and well being. I think in the span of a lifetime you just MIGHT have a lapse or two and that's OK!!

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ALESHABEE 5/17/2011 8:30AM

    No need to beat yourself up Steph...just a blimp on the road of life. Dust yourself off and get back on track just like you've done the other 20 million times before this when life gets in the way :-)

And definitely find something new to work on...I know for me it's the only way to stay in track! Browse other people's goal list and see what they are working towards to get ideas, or if there is something you've always wanted to do but never thought you could, now is the time!!

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MCANTRELL83 5/17/2011 1:54AM

  is there anything that has intrigued you but you've never tried before?

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VYVIENN 5/17/2011 1:53AM

    Getting caught up on BR should be easy this week, as Zuz and Freddie are travelling, anyway. Apparently, they're NOT moving, just moving around... wish I could've afforded that when I was their age. What a great way to see the world!

I'll say that special spark (haha) will zap you soon, and you'll find the inspirational challenge you need to get you fired up again. The creative spirit tends to catch you in the funniest corners... emoticon

P.S. If you'd like to share pics (hint, hint) but don't feel they fit into your blog here, you could do an online album and stick a link into a post. I keep my blogs separate thematically, as well, but sometimes, stuff just wants to be shared...

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